As the holiday season approaches, we say hello to seasonal lattes, cozy clothes, and of course, all the delicious foods that come with Christmas. From side dishes to main courses, here are the most popular foods eaten at Christmas.
If you’re not a vegetarian, there’s a good chance you’ll be eating turkey on Christmas Day. Whole baked or otherwise prepared, this is one of the most popular dishes at Christmas, especially because it goes with so many different sides.
2. Baked potatoes
Is there a more classic holiday side than baked potatoes? The veggie fries are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Or how you want to prepare them according to your desire. That’s the beauty of this versatile starch-based ingredient.
Yes, the sauce is so popular that it deserves its own description. Your food would be plain and dry without it, and it adds a decadent drizzle (or generous pour) of delicious creaminess to any dish. Also consider a mushroom-based sauce if vegetarians are present.
Whether you make this holiday tradition with vegetable stock or turkey stock, the flavors of onion and sage are just so cozy and winter-appropriate. Leftover stuffing with eggs, meat, and pretty much anything else is our favorite thing in the world. Why does stuffing only seem to get better the longer it sits in the fridge?
5. Pigs in blankets
Although more of an appetizer, these little bites of meat and puff pastry are always a huge hit at holiday parties and family dinners alike. Best of all? There are some delicious frozen options that taste absolutely divine and require zero prep.
6. Cranberry sauce
All the rich and creamy foods of Christmas need something tasty and acidic to cut that creaminess. Cranberry sauce or jelly has all these qualities and a hint of sweetness. No matter what holiday spread you see, you’ll almost always have cranberry sauce.
7. Smoked salmon
Christmas brunch is just as important as Christmas dinner for some people, and smoked salmon with pretzels is a must for your spread. Whether served in a classic miniature food presentation or in bagel bar form, they are in many households on Christmas morning.
8. Veal roast
For carnivores who prefer red meat to white meat, this is a decadent option that will have people scooping up seconds and thirds. Add ingredients like thyme or mustard to make these flavors really pop.
9. Roasted parsnips
One of the most famous Christmas vegetable side dishes, this root vegetable is often served with herbs and honey. They have an earthy flavor and can be prepared in many ways, but are most often prepared roasted. When slow-roasted for a while, they can have a juicy and complex flavor that even veggie haters will love.
10. Mulled wine
Although it’s more of a drink than a food, it’s been popular for centuries, and even now TikTok users are making modern remixes of a red wine cocktail with star anise, cinnamon, apple juice and orange peel. You can also make mulled cider with rum or whiskey if you prefer the hard stuff over wine.
Whether baked whole or served on a puff pastry tart with seasonal ingredients, brie is often on the table at many Christmas events. It’s a holiday feast in itself, no matter how you prepare it. Especially when drinks are involved.
12. Mashed sweet potatoes
Maybe your family likes the ones with roasted rosemary and walnuts. Or maybe you’re a classic marshmallow and sweet potato person. Either way, this ingredient is basically Mother Nature’s dessert, even though it’s somehow packed with vitamins and other essential nutrients.
13. Pecan Pie
If you eat too much pecan pie, your teeth might hurt, but it will be worth it. There’s even something called chocolate pecan pie if you can handle the decadence. With that buttery, flaky crust, gooey middle layer, and crunchy pecans on top, this is always one of those go-to desserts.
14. Brussels sprouts
Everyone knows they need to be baked and roasted (ideally with honey or mustard) to really pop, but we won’t judge the simple salt and pepper version either. Brussels sprouts have a subtly sweet and nutty flavor that also lends itself well to almonds in addition to a sauce.